House Democrats Launch Massive Trump Investigation, Demanding Info from 81 People

Wednesday, 06 Mar, 2019

Monday morning, the House Judiciary Committee officially launched the sweeping new probe against Trump, demanding documents from 81 people.

File image of U.S. president Donald Trump.

The judiciary chairman said he would initiate investigations into Trump for abuse of power, corruption, and obstruction of justice. Trump's businesses have benefited from Russian investment over the years, and Schiff has said he wants to know whether "this is the leverage that the Russians have" over Trump.

It is not clear whether Democrats can hold Trump accountable for any actions taken before he became president.

Over the weekend, Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) revealed that a request for documents had been submitted to more than 60 entities and individuals in Trump's orbit. Sanders blasted the investigation as a "fishing expedition" on which the Democrats embarked because they were terrified that their narrative of Trump colluding with Russian Federation was falling apart, and also because they wanted to distract the public from their radical agenda, including endorsement of infanticide and a green new deal that would bankrupt America. I am an innocent man being persecuted by some very bad, conflicted & corrupt people in a Witch Hunt that is illegal & should never have been allowed to start - And only because I won the Election! NY prosecutors also are looking into Trump's inaugural fund. He then announced that he plans to sign an executive order that would require colleges to support free speech if they want federal research dollars. He also says Cohen lied to get a lighter sentence in NY.

BuzzFeed reporter Jason Leopold claimed in an interview Saturday that his report detailing how President Donald Trump directed his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress was confirmed by Cohen himself.

At first glance, the long-awaited Mueller report might seem a political gift for Democrats aiming to reclaim the White House next year.

Trump came under fire a few weeks ago for granting his son-in-law Jared Kushner a security clearance despite the government's advice not to. This is examined in may 2017, among other things, the Russia-contacts of the Trump team in the election campaign, and possible future Attempts by the President to torpedo the investigation activities. When it comes to collusion, expectations may be too high - and when it comes to obstruction, too low.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy accused House Democrats of prejudging Mr Trump as part of a query based purely on partisan politics. "What we learned from the Cohen testimony is that he directly implicated the president in - in various crimes, both while seeking the office of president and while in the White House", Nadler said on "This Week".

According to Kavanagh, even if Democrats can't get Trump on collusion, it's highly likely that they're going to go after POTUS on campaign finance violations linked to hush payments made prior to the 2016 presidential election to Trump's alleged mistress Stormy Daniels.